“The Bechstein grand piano encompasses an impressive range of sound, from trembling sensitivity to bombastic opulence. For me as a pianist, it is a joy to experience this instrument.’’
Yejin Gil began her professional career at the age of five. Fascinated by European culture, she completed a degree at Seoul National University (South Korea’s top university) before moving to Germany, where she studied under professors Bernhard Wambach and Michael Roll at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Yejin has shone in numerous competitions, most notably winning first prize at the Korea National Competition and the Köhler-Osbahr-Wettbewerb. She also performed well at the Orléans Concours International (OCI), where she became the first finalist to win four prizes: Prix SACEM, Prix Nadia Boulanger, Prix Albert-Roussel and Prix Hitachi.
Her repertoire features classical and romantic music, as well as works from the 20th century, including by such composers as Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, Martin Matalon, Heiner Goebbels, Oscar Strasnoy and Philippe Hurel, with whom she has collaborated.
She has performed at major festivals all over Europe, in New York and Buenos Aires – as a soloist or with other musicians and orchestras, including Dora Schwarzberg, Percussions de Strasbourg, the Timetable Trio, the Bergische Symphoniker and Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. Her CD featuring works by Boulez, Chin, Ligeti and Messiaen, which she recorded in November 2013, was released on the French label Solstice.
Yejin Gil currently lives and works in Berlin.
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